Nov 2, 2012 2:02 AM by Associated Press
BEIJING (AP) - A health official says China will early next year start phasing out its reliance on organs from executed prisoners for transplants as a new national system of donations is implemented.
Wang Haibo says in an interview in the November edition of the World Health Organization's journal Bulletin that Chinese officials acknowledge that a transplantation system that uses mostly organs from death-row prisoners is neither ethical nor sustainable.
Wang is a Health Ministry official who is leading the country's efforts to design a nationwide organ donation system.
Organ transplantation in China has long been criticized as opaque, profit-driven and unethical. Critics argue death row inmates may feel pressured to become donors, violating personal, religious or cultural beliefs.